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TidBITS#970/23-Mar-09

Two years ago, who would have thought there would be so much excitement over copy and paste? Apple last week previewed the iPhone 3.0 software, highlighting new features and making iPhone developers realize they won’t be sleeping much until the new operating system is released. This issue also focuses on interesting new products: we look at the resuscitated EMC Retrospect 8 and Bare Bones Software’s clever WeatherCal. In other news, the latest AirPort firmware may solve lingering Time Capsule problems, Sony receives 500,000 free public domain ebooks from Google, Kodak starts charging for its free service (which may not be as bad as it sounds, according to Glenn Fleishman), and Adam points out Guy Kawasaki’s new MyAlltop service. Other software releases worthy of brief mention this week include Espresso 1.0, PDFpen 4.1.1, and Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to VGA Firmware Update.

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Apple Previews iPhone 3.0 Software

iPhone developers' heads were exploding as Apple unloaded a truckload of new capabilities in the Developer Beta of the iPhone 3.0 software, now available. The built-in iPhone apps will also gain numerous welcome enhancements, and we can all look forward to trying them out mid-year.

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EMC Ships Modernized Retrospect 8

EMC has finally released Retrospect 8, the long-awaited update to what used to be the king of Macintosh backup programs. The feature set of the new version looks good, but there are a few holes, most notably support for running the server on PowerPC-based Macs.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 23-Mar-09

Apple announced the iPhone 3.0 software last week, but iTunes is on readers' minds this week as several problems crop up in the latest 8.1 update. Other topics of discussion include preferred hard drive manufacturers, issues with the latest AirPort firmware update, Bare Bones Software's WeatherCal software, and spam filtering.